Buddy the Elf tries to sleep on Elf beds; Photo - New Line Cinema

Today, the eagerly-anticipated film Will-Ferrell-as-elf film, Elf, opens. Gothamist enjoyed this sweet and funny film (maybe sweeter than we'd anticipated, but still, some choice hilarious moments - go to the movie website, go to "Inner Elf" for "Elf videos" and watch any or all of the clips). We look forward to watching it on afternoons when we're blue and being cheered up by a Will Ferrell triple bill of Dick, Old School, and Elf.

Updated: Will Ferrell is the Holiday A-List Star of the Day on Amazon today! He talks about the magic of Christmas. [Thanks, Fluffel]

A.O. Scott says Elf "succeeds because it at once restrains its sticky, gooey good cheer and wildly overdoes it."